UN goes on hold in Kabul

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it was putting most of its activities in Kabul on hold "until the security situation improves", because of arrests and intimidation of its staff by the ruling Taliban militia.

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UNHCR, said that four of the 22 local staff in the UNHCR's main office in Kabul had been arrested, while seven Afghan women employees had been told to stay at home since the Islamic Taliban captured Kabul on 27 September. Reuters - Islamabad